In an effort to assuage the pain of a broken heart after his long-term girlfriend left him, Jim spent a lot of extra time at work. While the projects piling up on his desk momentarily distracted him from his wounded feelings, in time nothing Jim did seemed to assuage or relieve the loss of Carla. Jim’s friends often took him out to eat and watch soccer in order to assuage his depressed mood, but even that didn’t help to ease his grief. Not even time could assuage or lighten the loss of Carla, who had been the love of his life.
Quiz: What does it mean when you assuage a hurt?
- You do something to lessen its intensity.
- You medicate it with drugs or alcohol.
- You ignore it completely by focusing on something else.